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This publication is an assembly of different articles written by various 
members and sympathizers of Tacoma SDS. 




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Students for a Democratic Society 

Who are students? 

To be a student is merely to be one who desires to learn. 
Some of us are students of a university, but we are also students of 
our own lives, of our local community and spheres of influence, of 
a world that is changing at the pace of history. We are professors, 
staff, citizens, and workers. But what unites us is a shared effort 
to understand. 

What is democracy? 

We are concerned with democracy in the truest sense of the 
word: the freedom of all people to rule themselves. Democracy 
permeates all aspects of our lives. Democracy is not passive 
observation, or participation at sanctioned dates and places- it is 
to continually evaluate and engage events, policies, ' and 
institutions that threaten our voices and ability to act. 

Why society? 

Society is larger than neighborhoods, cities, or nations- it is 
that formless entity that contains the totality of relationships 
between all life. The society we envision is a truly democratic one 
in which we are all students of each other and teacher to none 



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FOOD 

NOT 

BOMBS 



The money spent by the world on weapons in one week is 
enough to feed alt the people on Earth for a year. When 
millions of people go hungry each day how can we spend 
another dollar on war? If you feel that people need food 
more than bombs we want you to call us today. The next 
few years could profoundly change the world for genera- 
tions and Food Not Bombs is working to make those 
changes positive for everyone. 

The Food Not Bombs organization is starting several 
projects in our area: 

• Free food distribution to local people in need, 

• Literature tables to provide information about 
food, peace and justice. 

• Providing hot meals at demonstrations and events. 

• Organizing creative actions in protest of war and 
poverty. 

We invite you to work with us to provide desperately 
needed services and information to our community You 
can make a difference. 

Visit us online at: 

tacomafoodnotbombs.org 




s online at tacomasds.org. 












To anarchists, pacifism is a position founded on privilege and inconsistency. 
They argue that pacifists are never the party with the most to lose in a serious 
situation. Likewise, there is a point in which any pacifist will resort to violence, 
be it actively or tacitly. They present confounding situations to which pacifists 
have not yet come up with a satisfactory reply. 

For instance, regarding animal liberation : if a group breaks a window of a 
laboratory to free test animals, aren't they preventing the violence (by exercising 
Violence') to the animals? If a vulnerable indigenous group struggles against 
land seizure by multinational companies and other imperialists would tribal 
members be acting immorally if they fought back? It would be difficult to say 
that indigenous violence against bulldozers is morally wrong. It may be the only 
effective method at their disposal. 




This all is reminiscent of an old Buddhist parable (from the Jataka Tales) about 
how the Buddha in a previous life met a boatman who the Buddha in his 
infinite wisdom knew would someday murder a large number of people. 
Without much in the way of a second thought the Buddha killed the boatman 
then and there. The Buddha decided to take the bad karma of killing the man 
upon himself in order to save the people in the future. He also felt compassion 
for the would-be murderer and wanted to save him the bad karma of killing all 
the people. The conclusion that the Buddha and most anarchists come to is 
that while a peaceful solution can sometimes be found to work well, violence is 
not morally wrong and is often more effective than non-violence. 

So hopefully this has been helpful in understanding an anarchist position on 
violence. Despite the government crackdown on "domestic terrorism" it is clear 
that property damage is a tactic whose applications will continue to be in the 
news. May your new-found insight into the anarchist psyche help you in better 
analyzing the world around you. 




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While the National Security Agency's domestic spying program has mostly 
dropped out of the news these last few weeks, in favor of depressing news 
about escalating violence in Lebanon, Iraq and elsewhere, it should not be 
forgotten. President Bush and his Attorney General have made a clear case for 
the legality of the program, and we should trust him. He's the decider. He 
knows best and it would be un-American to oppose him. 

Anyway, let us recap what the NSA program is all about. It is about 
aggregating data from voice communications. In layman's terms, that means 
spying - it means spying on everything and everyone. After all the spying has 
been done, they will take all the information gleaned from the operation, dump 
it into a gigantic database and sift through it hoping to find the next Bin Laden. 

As Americans we should cooperate with the NSA to the best of our ability. 
After all, the people they have hired to listen in are only trying to earn an 
honest buck. I have outlined three quick and easy rules for being an 
information-age patriot when talking on the phone: 

1) Speak clearly and annunciate when you are delivering your message. This 
is the big one. Talking in code is something only a terrorist would do. If you 
whisper or try to disguise your voice you are just being a jerk These eves- 
droppers are just doing their job. 

2) Focus on the important stuff. Cut the chit-chat. Stick to buzzwords when 
you can. This will help our good of boys at the NSA keep from wasting their 
time listening to you complain about Aunt Mildred when they could be 
fighting terrorism. 

3) Use keywords that will easily attract the attention of the listeners, and say 
them slighdy louder... "I so I was walking home PRESIDENT with BOMB 
this really TERRORIST cute boy, and, like, oh my gosh WORKING CLASS, 
he offered to, like, carry SAME-SEX MARRIAGES my books... ." 

Remember, the fight against terrorism begins with you, the average American. 
Andrew Moll is a surly Linux geek who sets all of 
his passwords to "password" * s a courtesy to 

Biq Brother 



State of the Union 



The collective bargaining entities known as unions are one of the few remnants 
of the Old "Leftover Left" Left. Historically, unions were the result of 
shockingly poor work conditions during the industrial revolution. At the time, 
workers were leaving their homes and coming to work in factories. But while 
these new jobs provided (limited) opportunities for a single laborer in a single 
home, the wages, poor living conditions, and environment degradation 
associated with factories tore through the fabric of society. However, what was 
on most workers' minds was not the society itself but their own welfare. While 
wondering how to remedy their ailing situations and alleviate their dire poverty, 
they took to unionizing. 




Workers realized that it would hardly have an effect on the textile industry 11 
they refused to work for such low wages, but an entire factory stopping the 
looms is really something to reckon with. Oft maligned by management and 
the middle and higher classes in general, unions have been accused of 
widespread corruption and harming workers in recent years. 



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I really started to doubt the nobility of union organizations because of my 
father. I come from a family that would have been considered upper-middle 
class until more recently when the economy shifted and my father changed 
jobs. We now probably fall in the mid-to-lower middle class, despite my 
parent's desperate attempts to cling to their previous lifestyles. I have managed' 
to reject most of their cultural attitudes and I can anticipate most of their 
shocking stateme nts, but the following outburst from my father caught me 
totally off-guard."" 



First a disclaimer: He claims have experience interacting with a "large number" 
of unions. This is probably true. The companies he worked for, however, have 
never been very friendly to them. I have no experience working with unions. 



the army is violent to people, the police are violent to people, jails are violent to 
people. Any unauthorized action of properly destruction is made to seem like 
the most heinous of crimes yet most Americans still sleep soundly within their 
system predicated on real violence to real people. We pay taxes to keep the 
violence from stopping. 




Anarchists advocating property destruction (commonly referred to as "direct 
action") do not believe violence and only violence can achieve their political 
ends. Unlike pacifism, which states that the only legitimate means to achieve 
any ends is by non-violence, the direct action camp trftb broaden the horizons 
of the endeavor. Changing society is a complex process and most engaged 
anarchists generally agree that a diversity of tactics is needed. In fact, an 
accurate mantra of anarchist philosophy is that "there is no one right nJay" 
Anarchists usually try to re-frame this argument so that it is a discussion of 
tactical effectiveness (a combination of the impression it creates on the people 
who witness and participate in them, the media spin that will influence public 
opinion, the act in itself, and other things). Unlike the military- industrial 
complexjanarchists will also not treat violence as an end in itself. The questions 
they ask are: Will this or that action have the intended effect both in the short 

run and the long run? Are the means ethically and logically consistent with the 
ends we would like to create? 




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ACROSS 

3 Early Food Not Bombs Organizer 

5 Amendment Three 

6 Hegemonic Political Party 

8 Microsoft Loving Fiends (acronym) 
10 Worker Owned Book Store (Seattle) 

14 Form of Culture Jamming 

15 Old SDS Manifesto 

16 Campaign against Coca Cola 

17 Alternative Operating System 



DOWN 

1 What famous slave owner is on the one 
dollar bill? 

2 1960s Radical Folk Artist 
4 Northwest Protests in 1999 

7 Industrial Workers of the World 
9 Queer History Month 

11 Students for a _ Society 

12 Progressive Historian 

13 Starbucks Union 



















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